what to pack for Granada, Spain

City Break in Granada, Spain: what we packed

I was already in love with our new Cabin Max Cabin Bag, and our six day trip to Granada in Spain gave us an opportunity to compare it to another brand of lightweight cabin luggage which we already owned.

Downloading the What To Wear On Holiday packing guide for Spain, we knew we could pack for two of us for six days using just hand luggage, without any trouble at all. This would save on baggage fees as we were flying with easyJet. We were also hoping it would mean we could get through Spanish customs and onto our bus within half an hour of the plane landing. Ambitious, yes – but we did manage it.

We stayed at El Ladron De Agua in Grenada, a perfect spot in the old town with a quaint cobbled street. It was close to all the main attractions and amenities, and right opposite The Alhambra which was the main reason for our visit.

Wheeled rucksack
The Bag

This bag has plenty of pockets ( I love that) which made it easy to get our iPad and toiletries out at security, unlike the other bag that has only one square internal space – making it less flexible.

The Trip

Our journey involved a 1.5 hour drive to the airport, 2.5 hour flight and a 2.5 hour bus journey from Malaga to Granada – and to make that bus on time we had to be very quick. This is when the rucksack option really came into its own; it's easy to slip on, comfortable and even packed full it was light enough for me to carry comfortably. Sadly our other cabin bag didn’t have this option so had to be carried by hand – again not as easy nor as comfortable. Once off the bus we could use the wheels and pull along until we reached the old town cobbled streets, and then it was back to the backpack for an easy walk to the hotel. I felt rather smug watching other people rattle across the cobbles with their wheeled cases!

The Packing

Granada, Spain - March 2013For March in Granada, the key to dressing for the changeable weather (where it can be warm during the day but cool at night, and where it could rain at anytime) is layering.

To travel in I wore:

  • Jeans with a belt
  • Cashmere t-shirt
  • Fleece
  • Wedge heels (which could cope with the cobbles)
  • Warm hooded parka-style coat
  • Gloves and ear muffs

And I packed:

  • 2 pairs of dark jeans
  • Long-sleeved dress with opaque tights
  • 5 tops – a mix of long and short sleeved
  • A Wrap and Turn Cardigan in orange
  • 1 pair of comfy flat shoes
  • Swimwear (as we planned to try out the Moorish Baths)
  • Underwear
  • Pyjamas
  • A travel wallet (which could double as an evening bag)
  • Pashmina (my absolute must-pack item)
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Toiletries (decanted into travel sized bottles)
  • iPad, phone and charger

My OH, Steve, travelled in:

  • Jeans with a belt
  • Casual shirt
  • Fleece
  • Warm waterproof jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Hat

And packed:

  • 2 pairs of trousers
  • 5 casual shirts
  • 1 sweater
  • Underwear
  • 1 pair of smarter shoes for evenings
  • Packaway Day SackSwimwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries
  • Our Fold Away Day Sack for our day trip needs; containing camera, map, guide book, water bottle etc.

And we still had plenty of space for souvenirs.

Enjoying a glass of wine one evening, watching the sunset over Alhambra and people watching (one of my favourite things to do) we saw a young woman struggle up the steep cobbled streets with the biggest case you've ever seen; maybe we should have told her about What to Wear on Holiday!


Posted by Helen